Young Jimenez brings buzz to Tigers’ camp

Joe Jimenez: "I’m going to pitch wherever they put me … I’m going to be proud to wear a uniform." (MLB.com) LAKELAND, Fla. — Joe Jimenez arrived at Tigers camp with the billing as potential closer of the future. He’s more focused on being a Spring Training reliever of the present. "I’m just here to learn," the 21-year-old fastballer said Monday. "I’m just going to keep doing the same thing that I was doing last year." What Jimenez did last year was impressive. Besides 17 saves at Class A West Michigan, the San Juan, Puerto Rico, native held opponents […]

J.D. targets mental game as next step

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez discusses his new two-year deal with the Tigers LAKELAND, Fla. — The battle for respect is over. J.D. Martinez won that over the last two years, and he has the notes to prove it, from almost every at-bat to every pitcher, every way opponents tried to get him out. It’s all in that notebook he has famously carried with him in the dugout. He’s an All-Star player, a Gold Glove finalist and one of the most formidable power hitters in the Majors. He wants more. And the key to getting there, he believes, is the […]

Camp notes: J.D. glad negotiations done

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez discusses his new two-year deal with the Tigers LAKELAND, Fla. — J.D. Martinez has been a meticulous note-taker since joining the Tigers two years ago, writing down each battle with pitchers for future reference. As far as he’s concerned, though, his arbitration battle with the Tigers — which came within a few days of a hearing — is forgotten. He called it a "negotiating battle," but he also called it business. He’s good with the two-year, $18.5 million contract reached last week to avoid a hearing. "I wouldn’t have signed it if I didn’t think […]

McCann to take on more scouting info

Tigers catcher James McCann, 25, is preparing to take a step up in his second full season in the Majors. (MLB.com) LAKELAND, Fla. — James McCann is the son of an aerospace engineer. If anybody on the Tigers should be able to process large amounts of information and translate it onto the field, it’s him. When he looked for ways to avoid wearing down from the rigors of catching over a season, he compared his weights from last year. He talked with players who had long careers, including former Tigers teammate and fellow Arkansas resident Torii Hunter. McCann read […]

Longtime utility man Phillips dies at 56

9/21/89: Tony Phillips makes a behind the back flip on Kirby Puckett’s grounder to get the force out at second base Tony Phillips, a versatile and productive player over 18 Major League seasons, including nine with the A’s and five with the Tigers, died on Wednesday in Arizona at age 56. The cause of death was an apparent heart attack, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Friday. "The Oakland A’s lost another member of our family this week with the unexpected passing of Tony Phillips," A’s president Michael Crowley said. "We all have fond memories of Tony making the […]